Cathy Freeman’s old Kew digs going for gold on the market
The Kew former home of Olympic champion Cathy Freeman is on track to sell again.
The sprinter who famously won gold in the 400m event at the 2000 Sydney Games owned the Studley Park residence from 1999 to 2006, when she sold it to the current owners for $1.75 million.
They’re now running an expressions of interest campaign to sell the contemporary five-bedroom house at 30 Yarravale Rd, with a $3.4-$3.7 million price guide and June 3 closing date.
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When Freeman offloaded the cliff-side beauty with a pool, the Sunday Herald Sun reported it attracted four bidders to soar $200,000 past expectations.
The 2006 article said the track and field icon sold up after buying a $2.2 million house in Brighton.
The selling agent this time around, Anton Zhouk Hawthorn director Anton Zhouk, said the “beautiful home” hadn’t changed too much since Freeman lived there.
Mr Zhouk said the vendors had left the house’s structure the same, and just spruced up the interior and added bi-fold doors and a deck.
They’d loved living on one of the highest hills in Kew, boasting views across a valley to Raheen — rich listers the Pratt family’s historic mansion.
The vendors said they’d also remember the house as an “incredible entertainer” where it “feels like you’re living in the treetops”, with native birds, including tawny frogmouths, and fruit bats regular visitors.
The property’s 1033sq m block has gardens at the front and back, the former featuring a pool, and is also near lifestyle perks including the Yarra, Kew Junction, Abbotsford Convent and Collingwood Children’s Farm.
Its spectacular views are on offer from three separate verandas, a balcony, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the open-plan living, kitchen and dining room.
An impressive main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, polished hardwood floors and a sauna are other highlights of the home.